"50 Shades of Grey" Screenwriter Announced

Posted Monday October 8, 2012 8:37 PM GMT

Charging forward on its way to a theater near you, "50 Shades of Grey" has found its screenwriter.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have announced hiring British scribe Kelly Marcel to adapt the steamy bestseller into a film.

The 38-year-old writer is best known for penning the script "Saving Mr. Banks," which Universal Pictures is now turning into a movie starring Tom Hanks. The film revolves around Walt Disney's 20-year battle to get the film rights to author P.L. Travers' novel, "Mary Poppins."

Producer Michael De Luca said Marcel's work on "Saving Mr. Banks" demonstrated her "flawless structural technique" and "passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character."

Another producer, Dana Brunetti, added, "We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelly’s engagement with the characters and world E. L. James has created, and we knew she was the right person to augment our 'Fifty Shades' family."

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